Friday, April 29, 2016

When Is a Knit Skirt Not Knitted?

Or, what does a knitter sew?
As you probably know by now, I love knitting. If I'm not knitting, I'm thinking about knitting. What you may not know is that I learned to sew long before I learned to knit.

Jo-ann's Fabric Store had a sale on fabric, the same time I decided new wardrobe pieces would be nice. Starting with skirts seemed like a easy way to get back into sewing.

Sewing is so much faster then knitting! The fabric and pattern were purchased Monday, Size chosen and two pattern pieces laid out to cut Wednesday night. Cutting the fabric, and all the sewing was completed Thursday. Then the new skirt was worn Saturday. Usually in this amount of time you would have had the swatch knit!
The pictures:




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Friday, April 22, 2016

"Knit My Skirt" Book Review

After winning a copy of Knit My Skirt by Candace Eisner Strick on the Yarn Thing Podcast by Marly Bird, I had to share my favorites with you. The book title links to the Ravelry page where you can check out all the skirts, these are just some of my favorites.

Randomly:

The designer's last name, Strick, means knit.
Many reasons why people don't think they like knit skirts can be fixed by knitting the right size skirt. The rest are fixed by knitting these skirts.
Many of the patterns are shown with variations. This is a great way to see how yarn choice affects the garments, and will give you ideas for your own skirts.
As soon as I got this book (only a week after winning, Thanks XRX books!) I started matching my yarn stash with skirts. I want to knit and wear most of the skirts in the book. The others have given me ideas for skirts to knit.
The skirts are divided by method of knitting, top down, bottom up, or side to side.

Top Down

This is the author's favorite way to knit a skirt, with more than half the books in the pattern knit this way. Top down is very useful if you have aged yarn in your stash and want to use all of it, and can't get more.

My In the Groove Skirt
Love the slanted hem line, deep ruffle, and ability to use fun yarn.


My Swirling Skirt
Such a fun hemline, and great use of texture. Plus I love the color.

Side to Side

My Ruffles Have Ridges
Color changing yarn does all the work! Can't decide if some yarn I have will be for this one, or the next.

Bottom Up

This skirt has it all! Great colors and fun hemline are just some of the reasons I love this skirt. 

Which skirt is your favorite? 

I recommend getting this book, not just for the great pattern, but for all the tips and help for making skirts you will wear and look great in. Please check for this book at your local yarn store. If you purchase it here, on Amazon, this affiliate link will give me credit.

Stay tuned for when is a knit skirt not knit?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Carnation Shawl pattern in the works

Remember when I said I had lots of new ideas? Today I get to show you the swatch for one of them. This is just a swatch, the final shawl will have the edge stitches on the both sides, and the ends will both have the borders. I can't wait to get started on the sample! The pattern just needs a little more polishing, and as soon as I can get a sample for photos, the test will go up. Sign up for my newsletter, or join my Ravelry group to be the first to hear of new pattern tests. This ones working name is Carnation Shawl, but it might not stick.


This one will be a rectangular shawl. You start with the garter based edging shown, work the shawl following three separate charts, then work the edging again. Do you  think it would be okay to begin the testing with only part of the model shawl knit? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Monet's Favorite Scarf Model Release

In February I was knitting this beautiful scarf, Monet's Favorite Scarf by designer Linda Lehman. I highly recommend the pattern (link to Ravelry page above) to anyone that is going to want a cable and lace warm scarf for next winter. 

You knit both ends in the pattern stitch, then the center of the scarf is knit in 2X2 ribbing for wearablity and warmth.

Pattern for Monet's Favorite Scarf is also available here in the Wearable Art Emporium on Etsy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Knitting Happening

As you know, I love knitting a little too much sometimes. When people ask me to knit a project for them, saying yes comes so easy. I promise when this current batch of projects is knit up I will work on mine patterns. Several are in the planning stages waiting for my hands and needles to be free.

I'm excited about the yarns these proejects will have. One is a bamboo alpaca blend. Also coming are bright cheerful yarns from a favorite dyer.

We are also going to be moving this summer, so i'll have a huge sale on stitch markers. Stay tuned!

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